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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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David King
Layton, UT

I made this comment on another article, but I think it's worth repeating. The automatic "cuts" are not cuts in the way a regular household would cut their budget. They are reductions to the level of built-in increase that each portion of the budget receives each year. $55 billion in defense cuts does not actually mean the government will next year spend $55 billion less than this year . It just means that defense spending will increase, but not as much as Congress had hoped. Find a summary of the sequestration numbers, and you will see that discretionary spending for 2013 remains at about 2012 levels, and then increases about 1.5% each year after that for a decade. What is so radical about saying that a government with $1 trillion deficits spend just a little bit more than last year on discretionary spending? Why should actually approaching a situation of paying for the year to year cost of government terrify us so? I know why it terrifies politicians. Let the tax hikes and the spending cuts take effect, and we start to see the true cost of government, instead of the cheap, deficit-fueled services we've grown used to.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Congress?

You mean republicans, right?

The demos have already showed a willingness to compromise.

Repubs?

No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!No tax increases on the wealthy!

Get the point?

When Obama and the Demos offered them 10 cuts to 1 tax increase, an amazing deal, the repubs rejected it.

It's time for repubs to do what is right for the country. Stop playing games.

And I disagree, the majority of the country will clearly blame the repubs on this one. Polls show this, surveys show this, and last election showed this.

If you folks are looking to gain political relevance again and relate better to the commoner, then you better start by compromising with the Democrats. If not, then you folks will continue to alienate the American people and further yourself from the White House in 2016.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

We have a Constitution that tells us exactly how things are to be run. Personal welfare is not part of that Constitution. The defense needs of the United States are part of the Constitution. There are a FEW other duties that we have assigned to the federal government to handle for us.

MOST of the duties that the federal government has assumed are illegal. Most of those duties are to be left to the States or to the people.

Health care is not a duty of the federal government.

Personal welfare is not a duty of the federal government.

Redistribution of wealth is not a duty of the federal government.

Taxing the "rich guy" to pay for the "needs" of the "poor guy" is not a duty of the federal government.

Those who ignore the Constitution are the problem. They think that they are the "rulers" of this nation. They are NOT! They may be citizens, but they have no idea of what it means to be a citizen and to ask NOTHING of the government that is outside the authority of the government.

Spend thirty-minutes and read the Constitution.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Congress and the president need to stop BEING chicken. Both parties need to get out of their comfort zone, put the miserable vitriol aside and work on this stuff.

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